Having read about this event over the years I decided I really must get organised
and have a weekend in France with bikes, after all we think nothing about a 150 mile
trip to a rally in the UK so why not add some interest a ferry and head to France.
It was such an easy sell to my good lady too who quickly booked a guest house (we
shall skip over the experiences when there) and found an ace deal on ferries so we
Pecquencourt lies 80 miles south of Calais in the Nord de Calais region of France,
where unfortunately for those of us with less than limited schoolboy French most
locals speak a heavy dialect and know less English than my French. My skills at grinning
inanely and pointing got me out of a lot of problems
I cannot think of any event in England which matches this event, the main show and
events are held in and around a showground, but the whole town is taken over by motorcycles
with roads closed and outside bars, which despite the cold, in the sunshine were
an excellent way to spend time with a beer as all manner of machinery passed by.
The custom hall had some stunning machinery and this year a great presence by UK
builders. One central plinth completely showcasing the best of our builders with
Lamb Engineering, Rolling Art designs, Destiny Cycles and Robbies amazing NSU amongst
others. There were also some freaky bicycle style creations, some loony jet bikes
and some which just made you scratch your head, and unusual sissybars seem to be
making a comeback brilliant. I do not have a list of winners but do know that Larry
Houghton of Lamb engineering won prizes for paint on Circus of speed. Also cool was
having a bar directly above the hall where you could gaze at the world go by below.
Other tents had shopping, including some amazing art sellers, classic bikes, masses
of vintage sidecars and enough rat bikes to keep my good lady happy along with food
including chocolate and banana crepes (it being an official non diet weekend) and
awful coffee. Outside stunt shows and freestyle motocross made for a great way to
In the village I also found a few UK registered bikes and managed skilfully to avoid
being dragged into a game of nails. Now if you haven’t been to an event abroad you
may not know of this game, involving a huge log transported in a wheelbarrow, a selection
of nine inch nails and a club hammer. Nails are allocated to each person and tapped
in to an equal height, and then each contested first hits their own nail and then
it gets tactical as you can hit any nail. The first nail completely buried means
that person buys the drinks and the last nail down buys the next nail. Sounds easy
but try not to be first or last.
The show also has a concert in the evening and carries on over two days, forget the
language barrier, the fact the rest of France is closed for the weekend, the awful
coffee and look at the listings for events in our nearby European neighbours it certainly
makes a great change.